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Plowing Hard Snow/ Ice

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by hometownlawncare, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. hometownlawncare

    hometownlawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Does Ice/Hard Snow damage plows at all? Like how many days after its fresh powder can u let it go before its unplowable...

    I have a v8 Chevy Bronco/Silverado (weird limited version) & a nice Fisher plow...

    An example is the icy snow we got from the 2nd North Eastern Nor'Easter.... if that helps...

  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Well they call them SNOW plows not ICE plows, and seems like you are driving a truck not a bull dozer. using the truck as a battering ram to bust thru ice will tear up you and your equipment. If the snow gets to ice or hard packed use salt , lots of it or bring in the bobcats and backhoes, and charge big dollars to the customer for waiting to call.
  3. hometownlawncare

    hometownlawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    What if the snow has like a half inch/ 1 inch shell of ice, then powder under it...?
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    All snow storms are different , you will know after plowing a bit. If you can move the snow than go for it. We dont ram the snow or try to break up hard packed snow or Ice . Thats what they make salt for . Dont go out and beat the truck , it makes no money sitting in the shop broken down.
  5. BWinkel

    BWinkel Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    The ice won't bother your plow at all. As long as the weight of the snow isn't too heavy for your truck, you'll be fine.
  6. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Plow early and often. On our commercial accounts, we hit the lots 1st between 2 -4 inches and keep plowing every few inches. But if it hits as ice, see above for the backhoes and bobcats and salt.
  7. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    If the snow is hard or has a crust on it be sure to use low range. It will make it much easier to push and be much easier on your truck.
  8. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    Watch that tranny temp using low gears for an extended period of time.....:D